William H. Willimon (b. 1946) is a Bishop in The United Methodist Church, currently serving in North Alabama. He was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University
from 1984 to 2004. Willimon earned degrees from Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973).
Willimon has stressed the narrative of the Bible as opposed to
systematic theology, which places him firmly within the school of
He was elected to the episcopacy in 2004, and was named in a 1996 Baylor University survey along with
Billy Graham as one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world. Willimon has written more than 50 books, and was found to be the second most-widely read author by
Mainline Protestant pastors in a 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center.